In my previous change to CVP (251606), I made CVP much more aggressive about trying to constant fold comparisons. This patch is a reversal in direction. Rather than being agressive about every compare, we restore the non-block local restriction for most, and then try hard for compares feeding returns.
The motivation for this is two fold:
- The more I thought about it, the less comfortable I got with the possible compile time impact of the other approach. There have been no reported issues, but after talking to a couple of folks, I've come to the conclusion the time probably isn't justified.
- It turns out we need to know the context to leverage the full power of LVI. In particular, asking about something at the end of it's block (the use of a compare in a return) will frequently get more precise results than something in the middle of a block. This is an implementation detail, but it's also hard to get around since mid-block queries have to reason about possible throwing instructions and don't get to use most of LVI's block focused infrastructure. This will become particular important when combined with http://reviews.llvm.org/D14263.